Biography of Mindenhall Phillip:
Halifax born Phillip Mindenhall was taught the violin by Alma Dickinson, a pioneer director of one of the first provincial youth orchestras in Britain. From1965 to 1970 whilst teaching at a Guildford school, Phillip sang bass with Guildford Cathedral Choir directed by Dr Barry Rose, OBE who motivated Phillip’s love of choral music, the violin and music generally. Some discreet moonlighting in a recording session with Mantovani’s orchestra combined with tuition at London’s Royal Academy and the Guildford School of Music helped to keep the violin ‘on the boil’ along with the singing commitment. On family holidays, Phillip had been taken to hear the legendary Max Jaffa orchestra on Scarborough’s Spa. Years later, Phillip was invited to play with the Jaffa Orchestra at the resort, an experience which would have a lasting effect on Phillip’s music making. In addition to the ‘light’ orchestral playing and occasional solo work Phillip sang bass with York Minster’s Chapter House Choir. Throughout his career in music and education Phillip has maintained a great affection for the violin culminating in this collaboration with Martin. Phillip heard Martin entertaining lunchtime guests at a popular Yorkshire Inn in his inimitable style and arranged to play a couple of numbers with him the following week. This album of contrasting music is the evolution of that chance meeting where the mission is the interesting juxtaposition between the ‘light classical’ and the popular standard.